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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 9, 2010 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995)

Agreed, the article is quite simple but I thought it was interesting how the author started with the coma. I will have to rescind on my "great article" comment, but it was still worth the read. I thought the nuggets about GD corp and the comments about his coma were interesting and new. The apple thing I thought was absolutely precious... I'd like to know that it is true.

When did Jerry become a regular user of the Persian? There seems to be some debate about this, but there are some sources out there that say he began using during the editing of the GD movie, which was in 77? Apparently he had heroin on him when he was busted for speeding in NJ in '73... doesn't seem like he was a regular user until '78, when you can start to hear an increased sloppiness to his playing and degradation in his vocals. Course part of the degraded vocals was his bout with laryngitis ...

This post was modified by deadpolitics on 2010-08-09 19:44:27

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 9, 2010 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995)

I hadn't heard the '73. I got the impression it was closer to '75. MG talks about it someplace -- in the oral history, I think -- being told it was Persian Opium, finding some around the house, trying it, and realizing it wasn't opium at all, but heroin, which had pretty much been anathema to that point. '75 would be during the movie editing too, I think, since that sort of went on forever. So somewhere around that time. It certainly seems by '78 or so he was using regularly. Really sad.